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Bullying in the workplace: How HR practice can be improved

Human Resource Management International Digest

ISSN: 0967-0734

Article publication date: 12 June 2017

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to review the latest management developments across the globe and pinpoint practical implications from cutting-edge research and case studies.

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Findings

A firm’s human resources (HR) department has a significant responsibility with regard to providing the workplace with a positive environment. Such a clearly demanding task becomes more difficult still when incidents of bullying occur. The damaging effects of workplace bullying are often widespread. Victims obviously bear most of the brunt. But negative consequences do not stop there. The risk of harm to witnesses can be considerable. And as hostility, tension and unease take hold, organizational performance will suffer accordingly. This makes it even more imperative for HR personnel (HRP) to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Decisive action will reduce the possibility of such future instances. However, the trouble is that the HRP remain uncertain of the best approach to tackle accusations of workplace bullying.

Practical implications

The paper provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world’s leading organizations.

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Citation

(2017), "Bullying in the workplace: How HR practice can be improved", Human Resource Management International Digest, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 16-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/HRMID-04-2017-0067

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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